The group has expertise in the synthesis of catalyst and activity testing for the following reactions, often carried out in collaboration with industries:
- ammonia synthesis and decomposition;
- catalytic flameless combustion of hydrocarbons;
- selective oxidation of aromatic compounds;
- ethylbenzene dehydrogenation to styrene;
- oxidative dehydrogenation of light alkanes to olefins;
- glycerol valorisation by selective oxidation in liquid phase;
- heat and power cogeneration with fuel cells, from second generation bioethanol;
- steam reforming of bioethanol;
- bioethanol valorisation into ethylene;
- hydrogen storage;
- hydrocracking of long chain paraffins.
In every case the attention was focused on process development and optimisation, besides the study of the catalytic material.
In the last year the main topic was the valorisation of diluted bioethanol solutions (2nd generation) by transforming into hydrogen or ethylene. This makes available a poorly expensive raw material with respect to dehydrated ethanol (bioethanol anhydrification impacts for 50-80% on its production costs).